Category: new plays
Playwright alum, actor, and educator John Kuntz will further contribute to Boston's new play ecosystem with the formation of The Derrah Theatre Lab, named for Kuntz's late husband, beloved Boston actor Thomas Derrah. The Derrah Theatre Lab will dedicate its work to the creation of exciting, provocative, and experimental plays, with a specific focus on world premieres, avant garde work, and bold reinterpretations of classics.
The company's inaugural event—a reading of Steven Drukman's Pru Payne—took place here at BPT on Oct. 28.
Happy first performance of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord to Alexis Scheer and everyone at WP Theater and Second Stage Theater. Opening night is Sept. 24, and the production runs through Oct. 20!
Update 9/24: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord is a New York Times Critic's Pick
Update 10/15: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord extends its limited run (twice!)
Update 10/21: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord extends a third time, to Jan. 5!
Kira Rockwell is the 2019 recipient of The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award for her play The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood. Congratulations!
Alexis Scheer's Our Dear Dead Drug Lord is on The Kilroys' 2019 list of 33 most recommended un- and underproduced new plays by woman, trans, and non-binary authors of color. Laura Neill's Winter People (produced here at BPT last season) made the list of honorable mentions!
Congratulations to Melinda Lopez and Huntington Theatre Company on this opening night of Yerma...which runs through June 30!
Happy opening to K. Alexa Mavromatis and FUSION Theatre Company, where Alexa's short play Stew was selected as a winner of the annual short works festival The Seven.
Happy opening to current MFA playwright Cayenne Douglass, whose one-act Oh My, Goodness is part of Ensemble Studio Theatre's 37th Marathon of One-Act Plays!
With all the activity surrounding Boston Theater Marathon XXI, it's been busy around here! And there's even more to celebrate: While we were wrapping up the BTM (May 19), current MFA playwright Eliana Pipes was at the Lilly Awards ceremony in NYC, where she received the 2019 Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers for her play DREAM HOU$E! More
Tell us a little about your play.
Visions of an Eagle atop a Cactus eating a Snake is a small play that confronts a big question. How do you teach your child about the border? In this case, the play focuses on a father, once a border crosser himself, trying to explain immigration to his daughter by grounding it in the myths of their ancestors.
What made you want to tell this story?
The U.S.-Mexico border has always been a part of my life having grown up a block away from the fence in El Paso, Texas. The recent surge in public interest and media scrutiny of the border these past few years, while important, often lacks ways to contextualize it for younger viewers, especially those that see themselves in the asylum seekers. I wanted to tell a story that asserts the importance of having these conversations with children by showing one such conversation. More